A few weeks ago my friend Beth asked me to make her a blanket. Normally I don’t make commissioned blankets, but for her I made an exception. She choose the pattern and the colours of the yarn, I just had to make the rest- simple! The yarn took some time to come from England, but was amazingly soft. I love working with Stylecraft yarn. The pattern was a simple granny but with colour variations. I love patterns so trying to make things ‘random’ was a challenge. I tried to not think about it too much. I used the join as you go method for the final rounds. The border was two rounds of pink followed by a white scolloped border. This blanket took forever. It is one of my favourites though and well worth the effort.
Mandalas are always a great quick project to do. I really enjoy making them if i get bored of a large project, or just want something colourful to do that I can finish in an afternoon or night. There are heaps of patterns online and Pintrest is a great place to start. Cotton is the best fiber to work with as it keeps it shape, plus the colours are amazing! I find using a smaller than usual hook also helps as you don’t want it to become too open and lacey. I framed one of my recent mandalas which looks super cool on my wall! In the future i plan on framing a whole bunch to create a unique wall art collection.
I hadn’t made a ripple blanket for ages so decided to give it a try. I had some muted pastel yarn hanging about which was perfect. Ripples are a tricky pattern to master, you really have to count your stitches at the end and beginning of the row or else you can easily start decreasing or increasing. There are heaps of different patterns online to choose from, and i find chart patterns the easiest to follow. I worked with a 5mm hook which gave the blanket an open and lace effect, it also made it super drapey.
I love bunting! It’s super simple and quick to make and looks awesome. I found some thick cotton in my stash and decided to brighten up my carport. I used a simple triangle granny pattern from google and got to work. Cause the yarn was thick this worked up really fast. I made 10 triangles then joined then by making a chain of ten then slip stitching along the top of the triangles then another chain of 10. The bunting is semi undercover right now and appears to not be getting wet in the rain. I’m not too concerned if it goes yuck as it was just a fun little project.
My cat is a little thief. Every blanket I make she thinks is hers. I had a bag of mill ends from Spotlight and thought I’d make a corner to corner baby blanket to add to my Etsy store (which i desperately need to re open) So as i’m crocheting away cat comes over to investigate. I tell her to go away and she does. But next morning I find her sleeping on the blanket. She dragged it from the lounge to her sleeping space! It’s no good to sell now so I let her use it. However, it’s not finished! She won’t let me finish it! Finally I manage to distract her and finish it off for her. She loves it. It’s really thick so maybe it’s the texture, anyway it’s very well used. Over the weekend I managed to steal it back so I could wash it cause it stunk! It took two days of soaking and drying for it to be useable now. This cat better not steal another blanket.
We found ourselves in Fort Worth Texas and had a few spare hours before dinner. Luckily for the internet and Uber, otherwise we wouldn’t have discovered Jenning Street Yarns. This super sweet store was only about 10 minutes drive from our hotel! I found so many lovely unique yarns here (maybe have gone a little crazy). All the staff were lovely and I even got to meet the owner! I love how warm and friendly the people of Texas are! My sister loved this store as they had a comfy chair for her to wait in. I tried to get local yarns at each of the stores I visited at, and was so happy with my Texan stitch holder! I wish this store was local to me!
Check them out if you’re in the area!
I decided to whip up a couple of baby blankets just to have on stand by. Does anyone else get slightly mad when their partner or family member just casually decides to tell you they need a baby blanket for their work friend? Happened so much last year, I’m prepared this time. These blankets will look familiar to a few if you’ve followed me fr a while now. Just the 12 point ripple pattern by the crochet crowd and my favourite yarn from Woolly and Warm. I made these a lot smaller than the original as they are meant for babies or young children who don’t need such a bulky blanket.
Love how these turn out and will try to make a few more to stock my Etsy store which i have been neglecting.